iOS 7 Concepts: Quick And Easy Access To Settings Toggles


With few months to go for the WWDC 2013, where Apple is widely expected to give us a preview of iOS 7, we’ve started seeing a slew of concepts by UI designers.

Lock Screen Drawer is a new concept created by Jean-Marc Denis, which gives you quick access to the Settings toggles on the Lock Screen.

Lock Screen Drawer concept

One of the gripes about iOS is the lack of a fast and easy way to access the Settings toggles from the Lock screen or from any app. If you have to change the settings from the Lock screen, you have to unlock your iPhone, launch the Settings app and navigate to the toggle to enable or disable it. If you’re using an app, you need to exit the app. It’s not an efficient way for something that can be enabled or disabled with a single tap (or swipe). It’s even more annoying if you’ve jailbroken your iPhone and used tweaks like SBSettings that have offered this functionality since early 2009.

UI designer Jean-Marc Denis has addressed this limitation at least from the Lock screen in his concept named “Lock Screen Drawer,” which would allow users to access toggles by swiping down on the clock in the Lock screen to reveal a drawer of toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlane and Hotspot.

I really liked it. It’s simple, Apple-esque and does the job. Ability to configure your preferred toggles and to scroll through them on the lock screen would be useful additions to the concept.

Via: Dribbble, HT: Joshua Tucker

iOS 7 Settings Concept:


YouTube user with the handle BlogB13 has created a similar concept, which would allow users to access toggles via the Notification Center so it can be accessed from the Home screen or from within any app. It’s similar to the IntelliScreenX’s quick Settings toggles feature. The look and feel is like the NCSettings tweak, but I like the idea of accessing them only when I want to enable or disable a setting. It doesn’t make sense for toggles to take up space in the Notification Center, which is meant for notifications.

One of the common problems most iOS concepts (including this one) seem to be addressing is the lack of quick and fast way to access the Settings app. Let’s hope that Apple doesn’t let us down and addresses this gripe in iOS 7.

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Categories: iOS 7, iOS Concepts

  • John Lizard

    The main focus of my jailbreak is using SBSettings. Its about time that Apple has this too, its plain stupid it doesnt yet have.

  • BCSC

    If you guys are going to continue to create ‘concepts’ of things Android does, why don’t you just switch to Android. It seems that all this stuff you guys are constantly asking for is right there for you.

    • iPhoneHacks

      If you like a feature from an OS, isn’t the same as liking the OS.

      • BCSC

        Fair enough. It just seems weird that in every concept video and every iOS wish list article you guys post here, the majority of comments and wants are all related to Android. I’m curious as to how many things you can want from something and not receive, before you just go and get it from where it is available.

        • iPhoneHacks

          I think to be fair, many of these concepts have also been inspired by jailbreak tweaks.

          For example, SBSettings was available on Cydia long before Android got it (in fact SBSettings is still the fastest way to access toggles), so it’s not completely accurate that the features in the concept are borrowed from Android.

          • bcsc

            Again that is a good point. But Sbsettings and all these other tweaks that are extremely popular on iOS are not available on the iphone’s latest software. Apple is actively prevent you form using these. I used sbsettings, and winterboard very actively on my 3GS, but felt crippled in the fact that if I wanted to continue to use these, I could not update to the latest iOS and take advantage of all the features available at once. My option was to wait for a JB and then jump through hoops in order to make my phone work the way I needed it to, or to get a phone that openly supports these features. How long will you wait? What happens when Apple locks down the system like BB has. it’s only getting harder for you to do what you want.

          • Jeremy Taco Patterson

            Good to see healthy debate in the comments.

            While info see your logic with the “You want it, we have it, come get it” argument, there is more to it than a few features.

            I for one have HUNDREDS of dollars invested across my devices in apps, music, movies, etc. Its all integrated between my iPhones, iPads and Mac computers. It all works together quite efficiently.

            I am not going to start over with a whole new incompatible device that doesn’t share with my other devices, just so I can quickly change settings.

            See my point? I LOVE iOS, but I am the first to admit there are some shortcomings. However, compared to how well it works as a whole, these few very minor issues are hardly worth giving up the integration and reliability I’ve built into my daily life.

          • BCSC

            I truly can appreciate that. Apple has done a fantastic job with their cross device integration. I suppose my argument would apply mostly to the people who are not dependent on one platform. I completely understand what you mean, as I am a windows user, and would find it hard to adopt OSX. I don’t need the power that OSX brings for work or personal purposes, and don’t entirely rely on a connection for my devices to work together. But at this stage I’m comfortable in my computing/tech ways. Not needing integration though gives me the freedom to venture away from my current device of choice. If it works, it works. That is all dependent on what you need it to do. Myself, I just love to tinker, thus I need the freedom of Android. It is quite refreshing to see an Apple fan that is truly sincere about his choice. Hopefully Apple starts listening and giving it’s supporters what they want. Who knows, it really is just the lack ofthese few features that are keeping me away.

          • Jeremy Taco Patterson

            I didn’t set out to integrate my iOS/OSX devices and computers into pretty much every aspect of my life. It just happened that as I learned new tips and tricks, and as I added devices to my collection, they just all started to work together and POOF, here I am.

            After reading the rumors about an Apple “phablet” possibly in the works, I am hopeful this signals some forward thinking in Cupertino. Phablets make crappy phones, but I honestly talk on my phone less than 30 minutes a month (MOST months less than 15) and spend a LOT of time surfing and doing email correspondence with my customers and coworkers. Annnnnnd I do Facebook and Text a lot too, plus I take and edit a LOT of photos, so that 5″ screen would be a perfect compromise since the iPad mini is non-retina.

            Regardless, I do see where NOT allowing your devices to form an army does allow you the flexibility to experiment with all devices to find what you like best.

    • atm083

      It’s funny how someone who has so much to say about android is so interested in a iPhone Hacks website.

      • bcsc

        I also read BB news and Windows phone news. Just because I prefer one OS doesn’t mean that I will forever. Do you ever watch international news? You don’t live there, what does it matter to you? Why would you bother?

  • el

    Unless you jailbreak your iphone, these kind of features is not available in native IOS. Android OS integrates them into their native OS. That is the main difference. So for those people who still or cannot jb their iphone, just stick around and enjoy those concepts virtually. For those already have jailbroken iphones, enjoy while you can with those cydia inspired themes and concepts before apple shut those doors behind you. Now, just curious, can Android find any violated patents if and when apple releases this kind of IOS? By the way, I have both Android and IOS devices at the moment. :)